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Tribe seeks former Navy land on Aquidneck Island

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The Associated Press

The Narragansett Indian tribe is renewing its request for land on Aquidneck Island that has been targeted for development by Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown.

Jane Howington, Newport's city manager, tells the Providence Journal ( ) the request, made through the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, came as a surprise.        

The tribe is seeking land including the Naval Hospital site.        

The bureau had previously sought to acquire about 260 acres of Navy land on the island for the tribe in 2009 through a process that gives federal agencies first crack at acquiring surplus property.

That effort failed in 2010.
The Aquidneck Island Reuse Planning Authority, a group representing the three island communities, had also been working on a plan to submit to the Navy in attempt to acquire the property.

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